Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Signs bad for Messi’s last chance to emulate Maradona

Signs bad for Messi’s last chance to emulate Maradona

"In Argentina they know that Maradona is light years away from the best Argentine player in history, which for me is Lionel Messi", the centre-back was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper Marca. We very much have him in mind. "Of course, we expect more from him, but Messi is not [Diego] Maradona, alone he does not win a World Cup". Kempes scored a brace in the final which finished 3-1 to Argentina after extra time. "I told him to do what he knows best, to enjoy himself and I've told him all his family are supporting him".

"Argentina was a party country and we had given them that emotion".

Previously, he threatened he wanted retire from worldwide football in June 2016 after the Copa America final loss to Chile, but later made a U-turn claiming it was a "heat-of-the-moment" decision.

Yet the superstar who announced his retirement from global football in June 2016, only to reverse that decision a few months later, has admitted the pressures of leading his national team are far more demanding than his weekly duties with Barcelona.

"Messi does not have any substitute here, in Barcelona or anywhere in the world".

The diminutive Argentine captain known as "La Pulga" (The Flea), has won every club accolade imaginable with Barcelona, but has agonizingly missed out on worldwide trophies both at the World Cup and Copa America.

"His dream is to win the World Cup, it's one of his most desired goals".

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The Barcelona great has often had a turbulent relationship with the Argentine media.

Brazilian great Pele won the World Cup, as did Argentine icon Diego Maradona, while Ronaldo broke his duck on the worldwide stage as Portugal landed the Euro 2016 crown two years ago. "Obviously it hurts me to have missed the penalty", he said.

"I see Leo well, just like the rest of my teammates, eager to hit back, to do things well in our next game and to work", Mercado said at a news conference in Moscow.

In the end, needed his sublime hat-trick in the final qualifier against Ecuador last October to seal their place in the finals and when they needed him most he delivered. "We have a few days left to decide how we will play". "You made a mistake, I made a mistake, we all made a mistake".

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He was convinced to perform a U-turn on his initial decision ahead of Argentina's 2018 World Cup qualification campaign and the South American nation wouldn't have made it to Russian Federation without him.

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